56. Looking Back

“I think there are two essential views I need to take all of the time,” Stan began.

“Views of what?”

“God’s activity.”

“What are those views?” I asked.

“Looking backwards and looking at the present.”

“What about the future?” 

“That is not within my ability to see,” was Stan’s response.

“But the others are?” I asked.

“Absolutely.  And absolutely essential.”

“First, let’s examine the essential of looking back,” Stan continued.

“If I don’t continually examine what God has done in and through me, I will miss the essential opportunity of knowing Him better.  By examining what has happened, I see God’s goodness and greatness, and am able to acknowledge His loving and caring provision.”

“I can understand that with good things,” I asked,  “but what about the bad?”

“Same thing.  I can testify that God has done marvelous things in and through me in circumstances that other people might describe as being ‘bad.’  Nothing that God does in accord with His will is bad.  It is all good.”

“Keep that focus.  Examine where you have been, where you are now, and how you got here.  You will be amazed.  I know I am when I look back at my life.”


We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28.

Prayer:  Lord, you work in and through me all of the time.  Forgive me for not always taking the time to see what you have done and, therefore, not being able acknowledge your activity and use those opportunities to know you better.  It is my loss.  I ask you to move in me to open me to examine where I was, where I am now, and how you got me here.  Amen.

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